Water activity

From Kissamos Port: Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa

Activity provider: CRETAN DAILY CRUISES

From Kissamos Port: Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa

Activity provider: CRETAN DAILY CRUISES
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From US$ 28.49 per person

Take a full day boat cruise from the Kissamos Port to see one of the most amazing places in Greece. Visit Venetian Castle on Gramvousa Island and then swim in the clear waters of the fabulous Balos Lagoon.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Walk in the world-famous Balos Lagoon and swim in the clear waters of Crete
  • Explore the island of Gramvousa and see the Greek Orthodox church on the seaside
  • Take a 20-minute hike up to the Venetian Castle and enjoy views of Balos
  • Cruise in the bay and see a huge cave thought to have been an ancient shipyard
  • Try Cretan specialties and drinks at the on-board self-service restaurant bar
Full description

Go on a day trip from Kissamos port to the uninhabited island of Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon by a round-trip cruise. Glide past cliffs, stop at pristine golden beaches, swim in the crystal-clear waters, and visit Gramvousa Fortress—a castle that offers incredible panoramic views.

Depart from Kissamos Port and sail for about an hour in the bay. Approach the island of Gramvousa and then the lagoon of Balos or vice versa, depending on the itinerary route.

Cruise against a stunning backdrop of steep cliffs and rocks, incredible secluded beaches, and the infinite blue. Have the chance to see a large cave, which is thought to be an ancient shipyard. 

At the end of the bay, sail between Gramvousa Island and Cape Vouxa. Soak in the scenic landscape against the backdrop of Valenti, Pontikonisi, Balos Lagoon, and Imeri Gramvousa. Arrive in the small port of Gramvousa and spend the next 2 hours here. Enjoy the magical environment created by the Cretan nature, the legends, and the area's turbulent history. See the beach is adorned by a lonely shipwreck.

See the famous castle of Gramvousa, the highest point on the island, that sits atop a steep rock. You can swim in the area next to the Church of Agioi Apostoloi, stay on the ship to relax, or have some fun on the water slide. After a stop at Gramvousa, get back on the boat to head to the Balos Lagoon. Listed as one of the world's best beaches, this exotic beach lagoon is situated between the Gramvousa Peninsula and Cape Tigani.

Choose to swim in the turquoise blue waters, relax on the pink sandy beach, or admire the natural beauty, the rocks, and the cliffs rising above you during your 3 hours at the beach.

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  • Transport for activity duration: Sightseeing cruise
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You must fill out a travel information form
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    Please arrive at the kiosk at least 40 minutes before the departure of the ship. You'll find the Kiosk of Cretan Daily Cruises at the Port of Kissamos. The boat departs from the Port of Kissamos (Kastelli) which is accessible by car or bus from the Chania area. There is a free parking area at the Port of Kissamos.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Hat
    • Swimwear
    • Towel
    • Sunscreen
    • Water

    Know before you go

    • In order to hike up to the castle you must wear walking shoes
    • The Municipality of Kissamos, before boarding, collects €1 from every ticket as an administrative fee for passengers over 13 years old visiting Balos Lagoon
    • The bar on the boat offers traditional Cretan delicacies and other food dishes and accepts both credit card and cash
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.2 /5

    based on 1561 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      3.4/5
    • Transportation
      3.8/5
    • Value for money
      4.1/5
    • Safety
      4.3/5

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    Checked all the boxes. Boat was a bit crowded so don’t wait until last minute to board. Food was decent on boat, and ride was smooth. Hike up to castle was long and not meant for kids. Hike to the viewpoint of Balos is worth it, You get what you pay for. If you want a more private experience then you should get a private boat,

    June 22, 2022

    The journey is fantastically run, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, I would recommend bringing some food as the options are quite bad but this did not affect my trip as we did not go for the cantering service we went for the beautiful views and comfortable journey, and that’s exactly what we got

    June 22, 2022

    Enjoyable outing. Make sure you wear good shoes and water shoes are helpful, as you traverse rocky beach to get back on the boat and you also need good shoes if you plan to go up to the fort on Gramvousa. Food is a bit expensive on the boat and would recommend bringing your own snacks. People also tend to stake out seats, so be aware and if you have a certain area you want to sit, return from the stops a little earlier than the rest of the participants.

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    June 20, 2022

    Product ID: 157110